Banks O' Dee F.C.

Banks O' Dee Football Club are a Scottish football club from the city of Aberdeen. They currently play in the SJFA North Superleague. Their home ground is Spain Park, by the banks of the River Dee. In 2009, Banks O' Dee were among four clubs to apply for membership of the Highland Football League.[1] Their application was unsuccessful.[2] Notwithstanding their junior status, in 2014 the club became a full member of the Scottish Football Association and therefore competes in the Scottish Cup. The club co-managers are Sandy McNaughton and Tommy Forbes.

Banks O' Dee
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Full nameBanks O' Dee Junior Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rechabites or The Dee
Founded1902; 119 years ago (1902)
GroundSpain Park
Abbotswell Road
Aberdeen
Capacity2,300
PresidentGordon Christie
ManagerJamie Watt / Tommy Forbes
LeagueSJFA North Region Aberdeen South League
2020–21SJFA North Super League (season abandoned)

HistoryEdit

On 27 September 2008, they made their Scottish Cup debut by trouncing Fort William 10–0 in the first round. They went out in the second round after a 5–1 defeat by Inverurie Loco Works on 27 October 2008.

Banks O' Dee were in the final of the Aberdeenshire Shield after demolishing Highland League side Huntly 6–1 at Spain Park in the semi-final on 28 October 2008. This was the first time that Banks o' Dee have ever made it to a Highland football league final. Previous to the semi-final Banks o' Dee beat Buckie Thistle 3–1 at Spain Park. They lost 2–0 in the final against Cove Rangers.

In the first round, Banks O' Dee were drawn away to Highland League club Rothes, winning 5–1 on 26 September 2009. In the second round, the club were defeated 3–0 at home by Montrose of the Scottish Football League Third Division.

Having previously qualified for the Scottish Cup by virtue of winning the North Region Superleague, in 2014 Banks O'Dee became a full licensed member of the Scottish Football Association and therefore automatically qualified for the competition. They were once again drawn away to Rothes in the first round, and won 4–0. Their second round fixture was away to reigning Highland League champions Brora Rangers, where they were knocked out by a score of 5–0.

On 12 April 2017 the BBC reported that a football belonging to the under-19 team had washed ashore on a small island north of Tromso, Norway over 1000 miles away.[3][4]

In 2019 the club was invited to apply for the Highland Football League, to replace Cove Rangers who had been promoted to Scottish League Two, but declined and will remain in the SJFA North Superleague.[5]

HonoursEdit

Banks O' Dee's greatest achievement was winning the Scottish Junior Cup in 1957, defeating Kilsyth Rangers 1–0 in the final at Hampden Park, Glasgow in front of 30,800 spectators.

Other honoursEdit

  • SJFA North Superleague Winners: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
  • North East Premier Division winners: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87
  • North East Division One winners: 1995–96, 1998–99
  • Aberdeen & District Junior League winners: 1920–21, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1967–68
  • Archibald Cup: 1922–23, 1931–32, 1934–35, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1986–87
  • McLeman Cup: 1924–25, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1950–51, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1990–91
  • Duthie (Acorn Heating) Cup: 1914–15, 1920–21, 1923–24, 1946–47, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1992–93, 1995–96
  • North East League Cup: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84
  • Morrison Trophy: 1985–86
  • North Drybrough Cup: 1969–70, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–85
  • Aberdeen & District Junior League Cup: 1923–24, 1924–25, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1967–68
  • Aberdeen County Trophy: 1914–15, 1920–21, 1927–28, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1949–50, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68
  • Jimmy Gibb Memorial Trophy: 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86
  • Martin & Johnson Trophy: 1973–74, 1976–77

Stadium DevelopmentEdit

The 2011–12 season marked the start of a new Outdoor Fifa standard 3G artificial football pitch at Spain Park which was the first of its kind in Aberdeen.

The new pitch was part funded by Sport Scotland and increases the dimensions of the pitch in order to host more youth international matches.

Currently Banks O' Dee have an affiliation with local juvenile club Albion BC who will use Spain Park as a training facility and for home matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McTavish, Ross (27 November 2008). "Junior champs go for step up". Evening Express. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ Edwards, Dave (26 February 2009). "Banks o' Dee miss out on Highland league". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Lost Aberdeen football washes up 1,000 miles away off Norway". BBC News. 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ Charlie Allan (12 April 2017). "SHOCK AFTER BALL BOOTED OFF ABERDEEN FOOTBALL PITCH WASHES UP 1,100 MILES AWAY IN NORWAY". The Aberdeen Evening Express. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  5. ^ Couse, Stephen (28 May 2019). "Highland League to proceed with odd number of teams after Cove Rangers promotion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2019.

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